Try water first.
I know we are all rolling our eyes at this one. But think about it…if you think you are hungry and you just had breakfast 20 minutes ago, maybe your body is telling you it needs some water and you are reading the signal wrong. I have already decided that for the next few days, I am going to log my water intake and see if I am meeting my daily goals. From everything I read, your daily water intake formula is simple. It is your weight in pounds divided by 2. So, for example, I weigh 150 lbs. Therefore, 150\2= 75, so my daily water intake should be 75 ounces. Pro tip: As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink 8 ounces of water to help jump start your body!
Keep healthy snacks stocked.
Over spring break, I made some yummy protein bites that a fellow mama shared with me. My kids even liked them. You make them and pop them in the fridge overnight. They are easy to access and they break up the same old routine.
~1 1/4 cup oatmeal
~1/2 cup nut butter of your choice
~1/4 cup maple syrup
~2 tbsp sunflower seeds
~1/2 tsp sea salt
~ 1 tsp vanilla extract
~a sprinkle of chocolate chips
~a sprinkle of dried cranberries
My kiddos and I are also always game for fresh fruit. I know if we can’t get to the store very often, I always buy a large bag of apples because they stay good for a longer amount of time.
Make meal time stress free.
If you can’t meal prep on the weekend, just make meal time easier! You can still do healthy items that don’t take all your time to make! My favorite thing to do is to buy the riced cauliflower in the frozen food section and then use it as rice substitute in all our meals. I also try and buy a large pack of chicken and grill it on the weekend. We use the chicken all week to make tacos, burrito bowls, soups and other easy things. This way, if it doesn’t take long to fix a healthy meal, I am less likely to snack on unhealthy things while I am preparing the meal.
Last tip: Gauge your emotional state before you reach for food.
It sounds insane, but if you were just talking on the phone with your mom about school being closed the next few weeks, maybe this is not the best time to reach for a quick hunger fix. Take a few minutes to decompress from the situation. Grab a few sips of water and maybe move your body a bit. You could walk around your driveway or do some yoga in your living room. If you are still craving a snack after all of those things, just reach for something healthy and filling.